Issues: Education

Senator Kennedy Outlines State of the State Highlights for Western New York

Senator Kennedy responds to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, delivered Wednesday in Albany. 

New investment to create jobs in Buffalo, initiatives to improve schools, property tax relief for homeowners are highlights for Kennedy.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, outlined several highlights from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address that will directly impact Western New York. Kennedy said the speech set the tone and the agenda for the upcoming legislative session, and he commended the Governor’s continued focus on Buffalo and Western New York.

January 8, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Legislative Session and with a new year comes new opportunities to create a brighter future for all New Yorkers. 

In recent years, we have worked diligently to make changes that deliver results for the hardworking people of this state.  We ended decades of late, unbalanced and bloated state budgets by passing three consecutive early budgets.  We have kept money in the pockets of hardworking middle class taxpayers by reducing income tax rates and enacting a property tax cap.  We’ve also continued the hard work of rebuilding our state’s economy by creating thousands of new jobs in our region and making strategic investments in Central and Northern New York.

Our achievements aside, there’s still a lot more to be done.  Today, we heard Governor Cuomo discuss the benefits of cutting taxes.  In the past three years, I’ve been pleased to support a total of 30 different tax cuts—saving New Yorkers $3 billion.  This year, I’m looking forward to working just as hard to continue to push for new tax cuts that help to create more opportunities for New Yorkers to succeed. 

January 8, 2014
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Statement from Senator David J. Valesky Regarding Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

Governor Cuomo’s broad and comprehensive State of the State address gives us a roadmap to continue the forward progress we have made together in the past three years.

January 8, 2014
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Statement from Senator Joseph A. Griffo Regarding Upcoming State of the State Address

"I’m looking forward to hearing Gov. Cuomo’s roadmap for the year ahead. My specific focus is on jobs and tax relief. We’ve made some improvement in making New York more attractive for business, but we’ve still got a long way to go. I’m looking forward to hearing about any new initiatives, especially if they result in lower taxes or utility costs or reducing the regulatory burden.

January 7, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Commends Decision to End Double-Testing for 60,000 Students in Math

Kennedy: With today’s news, about 60,000 students across New York State will have some relief from the stress of double-testing in mathematics.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, commended a decision announced today that will help end the practice of “double-testing” thousands of students. The U.S. Department of Education approved of a request from the NYS Education Department to exempt seventh and eighth grade students who take Regents exams in Algebra or Geometry from also being required to take the state’s year-end mathematics assessment.

January 2, 2014
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January 2, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

U of H: The University of Hypocrisy

"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education." So wrote the British historian Bertrand Russell, and if you’ve read the papers this week you may think he was absolutely right. Years of education do not translate into intelligence let alone an enlightened insight into truth.

December 31, 2013
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Senator Klein, Assemblyman Hikind Denounce American Studies Association Boycott of Israel; Announce New Legislation Aimed at Cutting Off Taxpayer Dollars to Colleges and Universities that Support Boycott

In the wake of the American Studies Association's (ASA) targeted and singular boycott of Israeli universities, State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) announced plans to introduce legislation that would cut-off state aid to public and private universities who participate in organizations that boycott countries like Israel.

December 28, 2013
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FELDER & COLLEAGUES WORKING TO PREVENT FALLOUT FROM BUS COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

With Atlantic Express Bus Company expected to close its doors on December 31, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of both the New York City Education Subcommittee and the Children and Families Committee, is working with his colleagues, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Councilman David Greenfield, to ensure a smooth transition for the more than 40,000 affected public and private school students. Atlantic Express, which declared bankruptcy in November, was responsible for over 1,600 bus routes, leaving children on those routes without a means of transportation as of January 2, 2014.

December 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS VISITS THE HENRY VISCARDI SCHOOL

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Henry Viscardi School to wish the students and staff a happy holidays. The Henry Viscardi School is one of the jewels of education in the Seventh Senate District. Also vistiting the school was Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer of Yonkers.

Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Mayer were greated by President and CEO John Kemp and then were given a tour of the school.

 

 

December 23, 2013
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Schools Invited to Apply for Funding for Mental Health Programs

The Children's Insititute announced the Application for Funds for School Year 2014-2015 to fund new Primary Mental Health Project programs in schools.

The Primary Mental Health Project is a nationally recognized, evidenced-based program that helps children in kindergarten through third grade focus on learning, adjust to school, and gain self-confidence.

Letters of Intent are due February 7, 2014.

Please review to the attached document for applciation details and other information. 

December 20, 2013
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Ranzenhofer co-sponsors four bills to address issues concerning Common Core Learning Standards

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he is a prime co-sponsor of four separate pieces of legislation in the State Senate– S.6006, S.6007, S.6008 and S.6009– to address issues concerning Common Core Learning Standards.

 

“I am pleased to announce my support for four legislative proposals to address the most serious concerns with the Regents Reform Agenda, particularly Common Core implementation, protecting student privacy and testing,” said Ranzenhofer.  “As the 2014 Legislative Session gets underway, I will be working with my colleagues in the State Senate and State Assembly to pass each of these bills.”

 

Senator Ranzenhofer has added his name as a prime co-sponsor of legislation to: 

December 20, 2013
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Senator Valesky Reads to Students

Senator David J. Valesky read to students at the Main Street School in North Syracuse during the Cookies with Santa celebration on December 13.

December 20, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS GATEWAY YOUTH OUTREACH HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Elmont's Senator Jack Martins attended the GYO Holiday Celebration and played an intense game of "Connect 4" with students from the Clara Carlson School. Special thanks to Executive Director Pat Boyle and his staff. 

December 20, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS AT MASSAPEQUA LIBRARY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he has secured $5,000 in state funding for technology improvements at the Massapequa Public Library. 

     The Library is using the state funds to purchase up-to-date laptop computers. The Library will use the laptops to teach residents computer skills which will aid them in job searching and training, as well as with other everyday tasks.

     “Learning basic computer skills is becoming even more essential in today’s digital society. This new technology will help the Massapequa Library provide important training to residents of the community,” said Senator Fuschillo.

December 19, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES CAREY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Senator Jack Martins, Sewanhaka Central High School District Supt Ralph Ferrie, Trustees Jean Fichtl and Joe Armocida congratulate the Nassau County Championship Football team Carey High School! The team celebrated their wins and the Rutgers Cup at a special Championship breakfast sponsored the Carey Dads Club! "What a team and what a great school! I'm so proud of these young men, the cheerleaders and the entire coaching staff. They've made Franklin Square, Garden City South and West Hempstead proud," said Senator Jack Martins.

December 18, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Hosts PS/IS 78 Student Council Elections

Senator Michael Gianaris joined Principal Louis Pavone and students at PS/IS 78 in Long Island City for Student Council elections, offering advice and sharing his experiences regarding the democratic process. Senator Gianaris attended the elections last year as well, and is excited about making the event an annual tradition.

December 18, 2013
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Electeds: Say No to LIC Co-Location

Senator Michael Gianaris, a proud graduate of Long Island City High School, joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, fellow elected officials, students, parents and teachers to fight a DOE plan that would hurt the school. After attempting to close down the school altogether just last year, the DOE now wants to co-locate a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within LICHS. Senator Gianaris wrote a letter to the DOE opposing the plan earlier this month, and he spoke at LICHS during a public hearing on the plan and at a rally beforehand to give a voice to the community’s opposition to this ill-conceived idea.

December 18, 2013
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LARKIN COSPONSORS LEGISLATION TO CHANGE COMMON CORE

New Senate Bills Reflect Input From Students, Parents and Teachers

December 18, 2013
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